The biggest city in Scotland and the third biggest in the UK, Glasgow really is a vibrant metropolis (despite what their biggest rivals – Edinburgh residents – may say). Once the centre of the UK’s industrial revolution, Glasgow is now brimming with world class museums, art galleries, and architecture both old and new. It’s also got a booming music scene, and you shouldn’t leave without checking out at least one live venue.
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Not to be confused with the city in Australia (which is in fact named after this place), Perth lies in the Scottish midlands and is popularly known as the ‘fair city’. Its history stretches back some 800 years, and is an interesting as you expect! If you arrive at the right time you can check out the extensive Perth Farmer’s Market, or the Game Conservancy Scottish Fair on the grounds of Scone Palace (also worth a visit any time of year).
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The small city of Dundee, on the north east coast of Scotland, is over 800 years old and has plenty to interest visitors. The Howff, an ancient cemetery right in the city centre that’s the stuff horror movies dream of, the 15th century Broughty Castle, and even an extinct volcano are just three must see attractions. Don’t leave without trying Dundee’s most famous creation; Marmalade! It’s one of the three ‘J’s this city is known for – jam, jute, and journalism.
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Often perceived as remote and isolated from the rest of Scotland (and the world), Aberdeen is in fact a thriving cosmopolitan city and well worth a visit. Situated on the North West coast, it has an intriguing maritime history and its Maritime museum is a must see. Other attractions include the stately granite architecture of Union Street, the quaint and charming atmosphere of the old town, and if the weather is agreeable, there’s always Aberdeen beach too.
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This stunning medieval city is the jewel in Scotland’s crown, and ever popular with visitors. Edinburgh Castle sits right in the centre on top of a craggy hill overlooking everything below, with Greyfriars Kirkyard and Mary King’s Close providing plenty more insights into this city’s spooky, creepy history. The Edinburgh arts festival in August is one of the best in the world and not to be missed.
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